The next Seattle Audubon International Birding Trip will take a small group of birders to the Guatemala highlands and lake Atitlan. We will travel as part of National Audubon's International Alliances Program which works closely with local partners to conserve key bird habitats in Latin America and the Caribbean and provides a birding guide training program enabling an alternative source of income to communities neighboring critical bird habitat. This trip will specifically focus on the highlands of the Chiapas-Guatemala Highlands Endemic Bird Area, where unique species of birds live in this 'land of the Maya'. The itinerary incorporates the best montane birding opportunities in this scenic country and allows us to experience the wonderful and colorful living culture of the Maya.
Dates: February 8-18, 2018
Cost: $2,550 per person (includes donation to Seattle Audubon). Single room supplement is $325
Number of participants: Maximum of 10
More Information: Download the trip brochure HERE which includes detailed itinerary, or contact Toby Ross, Seattle Audubon Science Manager.
Register for the trip: Visit the dedicated trip website to reserve your spot on the trip.
Trip Report: Birding Southern Ecuador - Feb 2017
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International Birding Trips Program - Goals and Guiding Principles
- Engage Seattle Audubon’s birding community more deeply in our work through international birding experiences.
- By visiting destinations along the ‘Pacific Flyway’ demonstrate that “our birds” are shared by many locations along well-established migratory flyways.
- During birding trips, support capacity building, conservation and habitat preservation efforts, and visit projects that focus on applied bird conservation where possible.
- The travel companies engaged in providing services to the program will be environmentally responsible. Where possible, the travel companies will work with in-county companies that are also environmentally responsible by supporting local employment opportunities and businesses through the engagement of local guides, utilizing locally owned and managed food establishments and accommodation providers.
- Where appropriate, Seattle Audubon will choose in-country tour companies in order to support in-county enterprise, promote the preservation of birds and their habitats and demonstrate the financial benefits of bird-based ecotourism.
- Destinations will focus primarily on countries along the Pacific avian migratory flyway of the Americas, also known as the Pacific Flyway.
- Where possible, Seattle Audubon’s International Trips will visit in-county locations and communities where National Audubon’s International Alliances Program has focused its efforts. The International Alliances Program works with local partners to conserve habitat in Latin America and the Caribbean through capacity building and training.
- During International Trips with Seattle Audubon, participants will be engaged in a deeper understanding of science and conservation. Trips will educate participants in local conservation and science issues to increase awareness and appreciation of threats to birds and ways to alleviate these threats through conservation efforts.
- In order to appeal to a broader range of our community, trips might focus on different birding themes for example: Photography, Art/Painting, and Applied Conservation Science. For example, a trip could take participants to a field station where they take part in a banding project, monitoring surveys, or habitat restoration work.
- In order to contribute to science during International Trips, all birds seen will be recorded and submitted to eBird.
- Seattle Audubon, or the travel companies they collaborate with, will provide carbon offset mechanisms, whereby participants can offset their flights and other travel.
- Trip participants will contribute to Seattle Audubon’s work through a donation of no more than 10% of the trip costs.
- In order to support the work of Seattle Audubon, it is expected that International Trip participants will be current members of Seattle Audubon.
For more information on Seattle Audubon's International Birding Trips or to sign-up for future trip notifications contact Science Manager, Toby Ross.